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Gareth Thomas: HIV Runs in the Blood for Rugby Star

Carrier No. 2172 Reported by on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Gareth Thomas
Athlete Gareth Thomas
First Name: Gareth
Last Name: Thomas
Occupation: Athlete
STD(s): HIV and AIDS
City: Cardiff
State/Territory: South Wales
Country: United Kingdom
Age: 45
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Race: White
Sex: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Gray
Height: 6 ft. 3 inches
Weight: 230 lbs.
Infection Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Disclosure History: Has not failed to notify someone before exposure
Information Source: Published Source

Welsh rugby start Gareth Thomas admitted that he is HIV positive in September of 2019. He said in a video that he was coming out as HIV positive because of the stigma associated with the disease. This is not the first time that Thomas has come out as something with a stigma. Over 10 years ago he came out as gay.

All this took place after the end of his career as a professional rugby player, so he does not have to worry about bleeding on anyone on the field.

While a professional rugby player in England was regarded as a legend of the sport. He played for over 15 years. In 2011 he broke his arm during a game and retired shortly afterwards.


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